Ben Brierley Instructor/founder
Ben has Irish origins but grew up in the adventure playground of the far North of Scotland. He started kayaking seriously in 1995 and has led many exciting expeditions around the world, from an unsupported kayak crossing of the Irish Sea to wilderness journeys on extreme white water rivers in the Himalayas. He holds the highest British leader qualification in both sea and river kayak. Ben grew up on the sea and is also a sailing instructor and holds a commercial boat masters licence. He spent 10 years running a survival training centre on a remote uninhabited island in the north west of Scotland teaching people how to live off the land as well as kayaking, mountaineering and expedition skills. During the winter months he runs a ski school (Momentum Snowsports
) in the famous French resort of Courchevel, and he holds the highest level of ski instructor qualification He has a fun and friendly character and an infectious enthusiasm for the great outdoors! Ben's Qualifications: British Canoeing: 5 Star Sea and White Water Kayak Leader, Level 3 Coach in Sea, White Water and Canoe Coach, 4 Star Surf. Other quolifications include BASI: International Ski Teacher Diploma - RYA: Dinghy Instructor MCA: Boat Masters - MLTB: Summer Mountain Leader and SPA
Chief Instructor James was born in Torbay and grew up exploring the diverse coastline, varied rivers and rugged moorland that the area has to offer. His kayaking adventures, over the last 20 years, have led him to France, Italy, New Zealand, and most parts of the UK, including the Isles of Scilly, North Wales and Scotland. He has also paddled the entire Devon and Cornish coastline, both North and South, as well as completing a solo crossing from Lands End to the Isles of Scilly. When James is not sea kayaking, he can be found indulging in his other outdoor passions, which include; white water kayaking, climbing, surfing and coasteering. He has a huge enthusiasm and love of the great outdoors, and he continues to live and work in South Devon where he can enjoy pursuing his outdoor activities in such a beautiful environment, and share his knowledge and experience with others. James Qualifications: British Canoeing Level 3 Coach and 5 Star Leader in both sea kayaking and inland paddling, as well as a 4 Star Leader in Open Canoe. His other qualifications include; RYA Day Skipper, Powerboat Level 2, Walking Group Leader and SPA climbing award.
Instructor Kieran was born in Torbay and grew up exploring South Devon with the local Sea Scouts, taking part in Sea and White Water Kayaking, Canoeing and Sailing. His love of the outdoors and paddle sports drew him to Scotland where he completed his guide training and a degree in Adventure Sports. Here he founded the University of the Highlands and Islands Paddle Sport Club that led expeditions around the west coast and rivers of the Highlands. Kieran has also paddled in Japan, Canada and Australia and his love of mountains took him to Annapurna Base Camp in the Himalayas. On returning to South Devon, Kieran now enjoys guiding new paddlers and enthusiasts around the coastline for fun and discovery or assisting them in their personal development. He loves Rock-Hopping, Surf Kayaking, SUP boarding and finding the local Seal community. His relaxed pirate adventures to hidden coves for Roasted Marshmallows are a family favourite; as he is always up for banter and brings an element of humour and history to his tours. He is a trainer and assessor of the D of E award, British Canoeing 1-3* and is very much at home when getting away from it all on an overnight expedition of the stunning South Hams Estuaries. Qualifications: British Canoeing UKCC level 2 Sea Kayak Coach with Moderate Water Endorsement, 4* Sea Kayak Leader, 4* Open Boat Leader, Paddle Ability Coach, Trained 5* Sea Kayak, Trained 4* Inland Kayak, D of E Gold Trainer and Assessor, Leave no Trace Trainer, BMC Trained Mountain Leader, RYA Advanced Power Boat Operator, RYA Safety Boat Operator, RYA Day Skipper, RYA Sea Survival, AoFA Level 3 First Aider, REPs Fitness Instructor, BA Hons Adventure Tourism Management, Bsc Outdoor Education.
Soph Hughes Copeman
Bookings Soph is our newest addition to the team and from 2017 she will be helping run the bookings office. Soph is a true Devon girl and if you call us to book your trip you will be delighted by her friendly and efficient service! She has a wealth of local knowledge and will be able to answer all your questions and give you the advice you need.
Head Chef and Bookings The one and only amazing Kay is responsible for keeping us all in check! She will do an expert job of organising and booking your kayak trip. Kay is also our head chef so if you manage to join us for a catered overnight wild camp it’s Kay’s delicious food that you’ll be eating! Kay worked for many years as head chef at an exclusive survival and expedition centre on a remote Scottish island so she knows just what a hungry adventurer needs. You will be completely amazed by the incredible food she prepares and we are sure you will never forget her home baked chocolate brownies!
Instructor Lizzy is originally from Scotland and she has paddled all over the West Coast and many of the most famous Scottish rivers. She has also led many expeditions in the French Alps and worked for 2 seasons leading trips down the beautiful, hot gorges of the Ardeche. She loves organising trips so she can share her knowledge and passion with others and her friendly confident coaching style will help you have a very memorable day out exploring the coast. Lizzy’s Qualifications: UKCC Level 3 Sea Kayak Coach, Level 2 Kayak Coach, 5 Star Sea, 4* Canoe, 5 Star White Water, BASI ISIA (Level 3), BASI Adaptive Level 2, SPA Trained, RYA Safety Boat Coastal.
Instructor Erin has a real passion for the outdoors and she has developed a prestigious career leading expeditions, guiding wilderness trips, and coaching the outdoor sports she loves. From climbing mountains in Africa, to exploring some of the wildest parts of Patagonia by Sea Kayak, she’s always throwing herself into new challenges, and exploring some of the worlds most beautiful and remote places. With her depth of Sea Kayaking experience you are sure to have a brilliant time on the water with Erin and her friendly coaching style will help you develop your skills and knowledge. Qualifications: UKCC Level 3 Sea Kayak Coach, Moderate Water Sea Endorsement British Canoeing 5* Sea Leader, 4* White Water Leader, White Water Safety and Rescue, BCC SUP Instructor. MLTB Summer Mountain Leader, Winter Mountain Leader, Mountain Instructor Award Trained, Single Pitch Award, RYA Senior Sailing Instructor & Multi Hull, RYA Intermediate Windsurf Instructor, RYA Safety Boat, RYA VHF Short Range Licence, PADI Advanced Water Diver, Outdoor 1st Aid
Instructor Drew grew up in Devon and has been paddling on the sea and the surf for as long as he can remember. He is also a keen White Water paddler and if it’s raining hard he can usually be found high on Dartmoor hunting out the rivers that are in spate! Drew’s infectious enthusiasm and friendly personality will quickly have you relaxed and enjoying your trip. Qualifications: British Canoeing UKCC level 2 coach, 4 star Sea, Moderate Water Endorsement.
Instructor Tom is a very experienced coach and a real expert at helping you get the most out of your kayaking. As well as this he has an incredible knowledge of the the wild environment and will amaze you with many fascinating facts about the plants and animals you’ll discover while out on the water. If you’re on a family trip his infectious enthusiasm for getting emerged in the natural environment will keep your kids entertained for hours! In the winter months Tom works for a prestigious ski school in Courchevel in the French Alps and he is one of only a few hundred British ski instructors to hold the highest international level of ski instructor qualification. British Canoeing UKCC level 2 Sea Kayak Coach with Moderate Water Endorsement, 4* Sea Kayak Leader, Trained 5* Sea Kayak, BASI: International Ski Teacher Diploma
Instructor Anton started kayaking on the sea as a teenager on an old fiberglass sit on top that his dad picked up in a second hand shop and restored. He then started working at various outdoor centers across the UK and trained to become an instructor in many outdoor sports including both kayaking and canoeing. In 2004 Anton moved to London to manage a government funded youth project aimed at training young people to become instructors themselves in kayaking, canoeing and climbing; it was here that he trained to become a British Canoeing level 3 Sea Kayak coach. Since then he’s paddled all over the UK including Anglesey, Cornwall, Isle of Skye, to name but a few and some big tidal crossing like Jersey to the isle of Sark. Anton has worked as an instructor in China, Australia and in the United Arab Emirates where he worked for a year leading military groups on multi day kayaking and mountain walking expeditions. Anton has also enjoyed a lot of White Water paddling in the UK but his biggest achievement was the Sun Koshi river in Nepal which was an 8 day expedition traveling 240km paddling one of the worlds highest volume rivers. Qualifications – British Canoeing Sea Kayak Level 3 Sea Kayak, MLTB SPA, RYA Powerboat instructor
Instructor Elisabeth started canoeing in her teens in the Lake District during summer holidays, paddling on Lake Coniston. Later at Bristol Polytechnic she joined Bristol Canoe Club and started getting seriously into white water kayaking. Eventually her profession as a sculptor and artist led her to a move further south to Brixham. It was here, through the Ibex Canoe Club, that Elisabeth discovered a passion for sea kayaking, participating in many club trips and also getting into coaching as a way of putting something back into the sport. Elisabeth has paddled white water on many of the UK’s best rivers, as well as some of the French Alps classics. Her sea kayaking has taken her from Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilley, through North Wales and Scotland, and all the way to New Zealand. Some of her more notable achievements include a crossing to Lundy Island and back, kayaking the entire Devon and Cornish coastline, circumnavigating Anglesey in two days, and exploring the stunning Isles of Scilley. One of Elisabeth’s most well known local pieces of artwork is her Mermaid sculpture, which sits on the rocks at the entrance of the River Dart near Dartmouth Castle. Elisabeth is a British Canoeing Level 3 Sea kayak coach and British Canoeing 4 Star Sea kayak Leader.